The defending Malaysia Cup champions performed admirably as they notched up their maiden AFC Cup victory over Song Lam Nghe An
The match kicked-off on a rather subdued pace, with both teams scrapping for possession in the middle of the park. Liberian forward Francis Forkey Doe looked energetic upfront, often attemping to put pressure on the home side's defence.
However, not many clear-cut chances were created early on. Francis Doe scuffed a shot wide in the 20th minute, before Ismail Faruqi fired over the bar 10 minutes later. The home side looked lively in midfield, but stuggled to make it past Terengganu's solid defence.
In the 30th minute, Song Lam's Pham Van Quyen curled in a teasing free-kick but it was saved brilliantly by Sharbinee Allawee. The Vietnamese side looked hungry towards the break, with Nguyen Trong Hoang missing a terrific chance after being placed in cleverly by his team-mates. However, the score remained until half-time.
The Turtles emerged back for the second-half with fire in their belly and it paid dividends as talismanic forward Manaf Mamat gave them the lead with a well-executed finish in the 50th minute. From that moment on, Terengganu preferred to sit back and dictate play, forcing their opponents to chase the game.
It essentially worked as Song Lam grew in frustration, being restricted to several scrappy attempts from outside the box. Hughton Hector could have notched an equalizer in the 79th minute, but his attempt sailed wide off the post.
Mat Zan's men defended well and held on to seal a much deserved victory over their counterparts, and will head back to Malaysia with confidence ahead of the upcoming FA Cup tie against Perak.